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10/11/12 10/11/12 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] >> from los alamos, new mexico, this is "democracy now!" [explosion] >> the familiar mushroom cloud hurling the deadly radiation to the heavens. >> in the special broadcast from just outside los alamos national laboratory, we look at the radioactive legacy of new mexico. the atomic bomb used in world war ii were designed and developed here. new mexico still plays a key role in maintaining the nation's massive nuclear arsenal. >> it is revitalizing its nuclear weapons production base, and again, the laboratories -- mark my words -- as the republicans already wrote, they are calling for or attempting to demand a "modern or had" that means a new designs. >> we will speak with jay coghlan of nuclear watch new mexico. and los alamos whistleblower chuck montaÑo. devastationt the uranium mining has had with leona morgan from navajo dinÉ against uranium mining. and michael reynolds on how he is quitting radically sustainable living operations through worship biotecture. >> the soldiers and all of the armies and all of th
civilizations. in colorado and new mexico, native americans built thriving towns. in the rain forests of mesoamerica, the ancient maya created magnificent city-states. here three million people once lived. in the earliest cradle of civilization, ancient mesopotamian farmers once made these deserts bloom. halfway around the world, in california, are clues to understanding the fall of mesopotamia, as farmers here struggle to overcome a threat to this fertile garden land. the ruins of ancient societies may hold keys to our own survival as, out of the past, archaeologists explore one of the greatest of mysteries -- the decline and fall of grand civilizations. mission control: ignition... and liftoff. liftoff... keach: for more than five millennia, humankind has seemed to dominate earth, both creating and destroying grand civilizations. each of these human experiments has changed our planet. this high vantage point brings us a new and sobering view. for the first time, we behold our world as finite, limited. on the darkened face of earth, the lights of cities record the expansion of our ki
funding for this program was provided by... at vacation retreats in ancient mexico, aztec kings bathe while their armies sack and burn a remote town. thousands of captives are marched to the capital where their hearts are offered to gods who sanctioned conquest. every city and town in the empire pays tribute in exact amount and kind as specified by the aztecs, or risks horrible consequences. in the forests and jungles of other realms, maya kings rule great cities with the force of their own personalities. they build temples and huge stone billboards to prop up royal dynasties that have little actual power. they perform gruesome rituals that require the skins of other people. they go to war and capture players for their ball games -- games where the losers never play again. today, inside ancient pyramids, archaeologists face real danger to bring the story of these kings and their politics out of the past. before the arrival of europeans, two extraordinary civilizations flourished in mesoamerica. both the aztecs and the maya had cultures of startling sophistication, and political
of the primordial forest and sunk its roots into the soil. today, we know the region by its countries-- mexico, honduras, el salvador, belize, and guatemala. but long ago, it was the world of the maya. not an empire, nor a country, the classic maya culture flourished from the third to the ninth century in a far flung collection of city-states. at palenque, tonina, bonampak and other cities, dynastic kings ruled absolutely, controlling trade and tribute. they presided over intricate hierarchies of nobles and officials at courts resplendent with works of art. maya culture, shrouded in a mystery as dense as the forests in which it took root, revealed itself fitfully over three centuries. when the ruins in the jungle were first discovered, there was no way of understanding how the civilization was organized. so it's really through the inscriptions that we've been able to identify kings, to find out their capitals, their seats of power. and through this, we recognize now that there were many kingdoms. there was no unified maya state. there wasn't even just a few states. there were many, many states
, teotihuacan, dominated the basin of mexico. atop a hill in the valley of oaxaca, sits monte alban, the royal center of a mighty kingdom. and in the forests and jungles of guatemala, maya city states once reigned over thousands of square miles. this is mesoamerica. at about a.d. 700, three great civilizations had emerged here. the realms of the maya. the power of the great city of teotihuacan. the zapotec kingdom of monte alban. for many scholars the differences between new and old-world civilizations suggested an independent course of history -- that each evolved on its own. this led to another and deeper insight -- beneath these differences may lie a grand and universal similarity, a parallel course of human evolution throughout the world. we now know that all humans once lived nomadic lives. we gathered wild plants and followed the migrations of animals. our lives were lived in small bands. everything was shared. no one had more power or wealth then anyone else. 10,000 years ago, people began to farm and live in permanent settlements. soon, villages, towns and cities evolved and life chang
10/10/12 10/10/12 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] >> from santa fe, new mexico, this is "democracy now!" >> walmart wal-mart you're no good, treat your associates like you should. >> walmart workers launch a historic strike across 28 stores in 12 states. organizers are describing the actions as a first retail worker strike in walmart's 50-year history. we will go to arkansas to speak with a worker who plans to protest outside walmart headquarters today. then to freeport, illinois, the, the protest encampment bainport. police have arrested three people for blocking the removal of equipment from the sensata plant to protest a plan by mitt romney's former company bain capital to close the factory and ship their jobs to china. >> i am here because people that have their livelihoods, have raised their families, they have worked at their jobs and put in long hours and hard hours, they are losing them to communist china. romney, who benefits from bain capital, he does not seem to think there is any correlation at all. i just believe in their cause prix de >> as million
is not telling. evidence suggests that he is sending them to mexico to slaughter. >> sending the horses how to mexico? >> that is a tricky question to answer. he sends them down to texas, which is a very good place to sell horses without leaving a paper trail. perhaps then someone else exports them. we were unable to get export documents from the da. within mexico is this big industry run mostly by european companies that takes american horses, butcher's them, then ships them to europe to be sold as steaks. >> wild horse meat? >> overwhelmingly, these are old, unused forces that no one wants and sold the slaughter. but what we found is there are horses, wild horses, better illegally slipping into the system. people are selling the in and the government's policing practices are so inadequate that not only do they never catch these guys, they don't even say it is a problem. >> where is horse meat the delicacy? >> you would be surprised. you can go to japan and have horse sushi. >> horse sushi? >> absolutely. courses are also turned into hair weaves, mattress pads. northern europe, belgium, fr
10/12/12 10/12/12 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] >> from santa fe, new mexico, this is "democracy now!" >> we immediately went out and rescued general motors. we went ahead and major we cut taxes from the middle-class. in addition, when that occurred, what did romney do? m the romney said to let foreclosures hit the bottom rate is should not surprising for a guy who says 47% of the american people are unwilling to take responsibility for their own lives. >> with respect to that, the vice-president very well knows that sometimes the words do not come out of your mouth or by way. [laughter] >> but i always say what i mean. and so does romney. >> as vice-president joe biden and republican congress member paul ryan spar in kentucky, in their only vice-presidential debate, we break the sound barrier including two candidates shut out by the two men political parties. chicano writer luis rodriguez, the vice president to candidate of the justice party, and cheri honkala of the green party. >> there's a real crisis happening in this country. when corporations and the we
pose a danger to swimmers and surfers. two miles to the south is the city of tijuana, mexico. almost half of the homes and businesses in this rapidly growing urban area are not connected to a sewer system. ababout half a mile short of that two miles is the mouth of the tijuana river, where a million acre watershed pours water and unconnected sewage from homes that are unsewered in mexico down into the watershed, and that's out the mouth of the river where the sewage flows north or south, depending on ocean currents. the rapid growth of industry along the border has also created severe pollution problems. most mexican factories do not treat their wastes before dumping them in the ocean. carolyn powers: you don't see toxics in the waters so the beauty that you see behind me is very deceptive in that you don't see the chloroforms, you don't see the lead, you don't see the arsenic, you don't see the toxins discharged from the maquiladoras in mexico that come down the tijuana river untreated and actually pollute the marine mammal fisheries, and as well as the recreational users here in im
at the border with mexico. the agents were on patrol when they came under fire. a new government report has found an intelligence program that formed a major part of domestic counterterrorism efforts in the united states has been almost entirely of the recess. a bipartisan report examines the network of so-called fusion centers created after the 9/11 attacks to create intelligence sharing among local, state, and federal authorities. investigators have accused the centers as being bastions of waste, having virtually informad possibly infringing of people's civil liberties. as much as $1.4 billion in taxpayer funds designated for the center has gone unaccounted for by federal officials, the report found. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we are broadcasting in denver, colorado. we are on the road just miles from the university of denver, the site of tonight's presidential debate between mitt romney and president obama. it is the first of three presidential debates before the november 6 election. tonight's debate will focus on domestic policy,
of u.s.- mexico border. she was a u.s. citizen, mother of five, the youngest was 4 years old. the man who killed her, agent justin tackett, reportedly had a history of misconduct in his previous career as a california sheriff's deputy, but was nonetheless hired by u.s. customs and borders protection agency. tachiquin family's attorney, gene iredale, has started the process to file a lawsuit against the border patrol. he recently explained why. [no ♪ [music break] >> we had some technical problems but we lost on their connection with our guest. i think we have them back. i would like to turn to valentin tachiquin, corrections officer, father of valeria "munique" tachiquin, who was killed by border patrol agent on september 28. can you tell us her story? >> yes, she was a loving mother, loving wife, just a great person. i just don't know what happened -- my daughter is not here today. my problem. >> what happened? tell us what happened as you understood it, valentin. >> as far as i know, and only to the media, because i have had no official story from neither the to list the police or
unmannned drones over canada and mexico, the nine states, determining who was going to live and who is going to die? in the process, killing hundreds, if not thousands? innocent men, women, and children. it is an outrage. our national security is at risk long-term because of the hostility and hatred that we're generating throughout that part of the world. we have got to turn this around. and we, the american people, can do it. >> absolutely. this is a failed policy from the get go. not only failed in its impact, but has failed from its very conception. as the human rights had for the united nations navi pillay points out that with arms flowing into both sides in syria, you really have a catastrophe in the making. we need to stop the flow of the arms. in fact, the united states and the obama government undermined an international treaty that would have begun to slow down the international flow of arms. so the american role here has actually been to throw gasoline on the fires of virtually every ethnic religious and national conflict around the middle east through its militaristic export of ar
to this country as immigrants. my dad was born in mexico of american parents. my wife's that was born in wales and is a first-generation american. we welcome legal immigrants into this country. i want our legal system work better. i wanted to be streamlined. i don't think he should have to hire a lawyer to figure out how to get into this country legally. i also think we should give visas to people -- green cards, rather, to people who graduate with skills that we need. people around the world with accredited degrees in science and math, get a green card stapled to their diploma, come to the u.s. aid. we should make sure our legal system works. we should stop illegal immigration. there are 4 million people who are waiting in line to get here legally. those have come here illegally take their place, so i will not grant amnesty to those who come here illegally. i will put in place an employment revocation system and make sure that employers that hire people have come here illegally are sanctioned for doing so. i will put them place magnets for people coming here illegally, so for instance, i woul
( music ) narrator: the thousand yearsgo in souern mexico, an unprecedent culture flourished in the jungle nearhe gulf coast. rivers meandering through the hot, tropical lowlands were the region's lifeblood. theswaterwayfor transportion and trade encouraged agriculture. annual floods left deposits of fertile soil, ideal for growing maize, squash and beans. more than two thousand years later, the aztecs called this region "olman," or "rubber country," the name of the peoples. who dwelled there in antiquity is lost, but they have become known as olmec. to express their political and religious beliefs, the ancient olmec invented imagery of spellbinding power. they carved monumental sculptures fm volcanic rock without mel tools, ing hammers and chisels made ostone. they transported massive blocks of basalt, weighing up to 20 ns, across miles of teory thout benefit of the wel. they built the first pyramid in the americas, rising 100 feet anma of ren the anhalf millionubic ft ofd-pa eth. they fasoned delicate, and often deeply expressive, works of art in ceramic, serpentine and jad
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